Alice Austen House


10/5/1411:30am– 1:30pm

Fundamentals of Photography

$10/$8 for members

Fundamentals of Photography - Learn digital photography and leave with some great photos! This workshop will cover shutter speed, aperture, ISO and the basic technical aspects of taking better photos.  Individualized instruction will be given during an in-class shooting assignment following the presentation.  Instructor: Robert Catalano, Gateway Photographers of Staten Island. RSVP at 718-816-4506x10 or            

10/11/14– 10/12/14

Open House New York

Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Celebrating the city’s architecture and design, this year’s 12th Annual Open House New York Weekend will once again unlock the city, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike access to hundreds of sites talks, tours, performances and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. Featured as one of this year’s sites, the Alice Austen House will be open for tours, including Alice’s original darkroom, once a closet.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Staten Island Half-Marathon on Sunday, 10/12. Bay Street, a main artery of access to the museum will be closed. If you plan to arrive to the House before 1:00 p.m., we recommend the following directions due to road closures: From Manhattan - take the Staten Island Ferry then the Staten Island Railroad to the Clifton Station and walk to the museum down Edgewater Street. From Staten Island: visit the following site for details on road closures:

10/12/141:00pm– 4:00pm

Coming Out Day Picnic & Potluck

Celebrate Coming Out and Being Out. Bring a lawn chair and a dish to share. Suggested donation of $8 per person accepted at the door (OR bring food to share). Dogs and families welcome. Co-sponsored by Staten Island LGBT Community Center and the Alice Austen House. Registration required.

10/15/142:00pm– 3:00pm

House and Exhibition Tour

Come learn more about the Alice Austen House and our current exhibition at our monthly House and Exhibition Tour.  $5 suggested donation.

10/18/142:00pm– 4:00pm

iPhoneography: The Good, The Bad, and The Creative

$10/ $8 for members

iPhones are today’s most popular camera. Like the former classic cameras that helped record family history, iPhone cameras can be used to express yourself artistically. Unlike the previous classics, iPhones also offer a plethora of apps that can be used to enhance your images. The best apps will also be discussed and demonstrated. Instructor Joel Heffner will teach you the basics and divulge secrets to getting the most out of your iPhone. Bring your iPhone and be ready to make art while you learn! Joel Heffner is an author, speaker, and photographer who has been taking pictures with everything from a pinhole camera to the latest iPhone and has been conducting photo workshops for 30 years. RSVP at 718-816-4506x10 or   

10/19/1412:00pm– 2:00pm

Rambling Through Rosebank

$10 per person / $5 for members

Learn about the history and architecture on this walking tour of the popular Staten Island neighborhood, featuring important places in Alice's life. The tour includes the houses of friends, the tennis club, St. John's church and rectory where her friend, Trude lived.  Visitors will also get to see the sites of some of her famous photographs. RSVP at 718-816-4506x10 or         

10/26/14– 10/26/14

An Evening of Ghostly Intimations

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Featuring a screening of Zoe Beloff’sShadowland, a 3D film based on the 1897 autobiography of Elizabeth D’Esperance, a medium who could produce full body apparitions; stories of Haunted Houses by Corinne May Botz in photographs and recorded oral histories collected from homes across the U.S.; and a discussion of Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism by Dr. Stanley Burns of The Burns Archive. Hosted by Paul Moakley, the museums caretaker and curator, who will tell the Alice Austen House ghost stories dating back to the Revolutionary War. Refreshments included. Shows begin at 6:00pm and 8pm sharp. Please RSVP to 718-816-4506 x10 or Space is limited.

$10/$8 for members